The producers of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of La Cage Aux Folles were celebrating last night as the show opened at the Longacre Theatre in New York to rave reviews.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times, who recently ripped apart Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show Love Never Dies, said that Terry Johnson’s production was an “inspired revival” and “greatly affecting entertainment”. Douglas Hodge, who plays the central role of Albin in the show, enjoyed special praise from the critic, particularly in his rendition of the show’s famous song “I Am What I Am”: “Mr. Hodge breathes fire here, his hitherto scratchy, campy voice growing into a white-hot blaze. It is — and who’d a thunk it? — the most electric interpretation of a song on Broadway right now.”
Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post also heaped praise on the British star, “the show is Hodge’s alone”, although was more reserved about the production as whole, finding Johnson’s direction “unbalanced” but concluding that “the show entertains”.
The show also stars Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) as Albin’s partner, George, whose “modest performance… has its own sneaky charm” (Ben Brantley).